For those new to Montana, the state is chock-full of fun facts you can tell your friends! Here are some of the best facts that Yourbigsky found. 

  1. Billings is the largest city in Montana

With a population of over 100,000 citizens, Billings is the only city in the state with a population that big. According to MontanaHistory.net, Billings was nicknamed “The Magic City” due to the city’s rapid population growth in the mid to late 1800s. Billings is also considered a railroad town with many historical sites to explore.

  1. Montana shares a land border with Canada

Montana is the only state to border three regions of Canada: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. According to Canada DUI Entry Law, Montana has 13 land borders in the miles it shares with the three provinces. 

  1. Montana’s Motto is Oro y Plata

The state’s motto, Oro y Plata, is Spanish for gold and silver. State Symbols USA says the motto was selected by the Montana Territory Legislative Committee that had to create a design for the official seal. It is currently on the seal and is also on the Montana flag. The motto was chosen since the mountains in Montana yielded silver and gold deposits when it was first discovered in the 1850s. Gemstones are also found in the state, including Yogo sapphires and agate. 

  1. Montana has more cattle than humans

Montana is an important center for livestock farming. Beef2Live says Montana is the third state with more cattle than humans, with Nebraska as number two and South Dakota as number one. Montana has over two million cattle and over one million humans. 

  1. Montana is nicknamed “Big Sky Country”

Known for its vast blue skies and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, it’s no wonder the state is nicknamed Big Sky Country! Montana has plenty of vantage points across the state to take in the huge skies that can be seen year-round. 

  1. Large populations of grizzly bears are in Montana

The state is estimated to have 1,800 grizzly bears. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Montana has the largest remaining population of grizzlies in the United States, excluding Alaska. Grizzly bears play a vital role in the ecosystem but remember to stay at least 100 feet away if you ever come into contact with one. Grizzly bears can weigh over 400 pounds and can injure or even kill people. Montana has been at the forefront of grizzly bear management for the last decade.

  1. Montana Gemstones are in the Crown Jewels of England

Yogo sapphires found in Montana are the only North American Gems that are part of the crown jewels of England. According to Russel Country, “yogo” sapphires are found near Utica Sapphire Village in the Little Belt Mountains, Located in central Montana. 

  1. Granite Peak is the tallest peak in Montana

At a height of over 12,000 feet, Granite Peak is the tenth tallest peak in America and the tallest in Montana. Granite Peak is also considered one of hte most difficult point summits, according to Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. The peak is located in the scenic Absoraka-Beartooth Wilderness and is north of Yellowstone Park.